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Apple Mac Pro shipping date pushed back

Computer will not be available before April.

Apple has pushed the shipping date for its Mac Pro high performance computer back to April.

The cylindrical device first went on sale on 19 December 2013 but quickly sold out with the shipping date pushed back initially to 30 December then into February and later March.

The problem first manifested on the Apple Store websites of several territories outside North America, including the UK, France and Germany.

Estimated shipping dates for the US and Canada followed suit later in the day.

French Website Mac Generation was the first to notice, questioning whether the ever-shifting release date is indicative that Apple's new factory is too small or demand for the workstation was higher than anticipated.

This is not the first time Apple has faced supply chain issues.

In October 2013, CEO Tim Cook warned it was "unclear" whether or not the company would have enough iPad minis for the quarter.

"You really don't know the demand until after you start shipping and so we'll see how that goes," he said.

A similar shortage also hit in 2010 with the launch of the original iPad leading some to ask whether hardware shortages were becoming part of a more general marketing plan to drive up demand.

The 2012 release of the iMac also hit similar problems. On that occasion customers could not even pre-order the device.

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